Top 10 U.S. Cities With the Best Travel Deals
Are you constantly on the hunt for the best deals for your next vacation? If you are hoping to get a great deal on your next trip, there are a few cities in the U.S. that have separated themselves from the pack. This list of cities is made up of locations that provide the best value for travelers through low airfares, car rentals, entertainment, and lodging prices.
1. Atlanta, Georgia
According to a list compiled by Hotwire, Atlanta has maintained its “offering of travel deals and discounts, but the City in the Woods also offers a wide array of entertainment activities for families — from biking through its 180-acre Piedmont Park to visiting theme parks like Six Flags and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.” Hotwire has some hotels listed for around $60 per night.
2. Orlando, Florida
Hotel rates are down 7 percent in 2014, and its “big three” theme parks all have new attractions, Today writes. You can look forward to seeing Universal Studios’ Transformers: The Ride 3D; the expanding Fantasyland at Disney World, including the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, scheduled to open in 2014; and Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which is SeaWorld’s biggest attraction to date. Looking for a place to stay? Try the Rosen Inn International. Not only does it offer free shuttle rides to SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and Wet ’n’ Wild, but rooms start from $61 per night.
3. Palm Springs, California
A bunch of new hotels and renovations are popping up throughout Palm Springs, meaning there is now increased competition and better rates, says the International Business Times. In addition, 10 airlines are now offering flights into its international airport, meaning there will be better airline prices, too. You can expect a great music scene, new restaurants and bars, and great prices all around.
4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
There’s plenty to do here without breaking the bank. According to Today, “Philadelphia’s arts scene has never been bigger or shinier than it is now. The legendary Barnes Foundation art collection has moved from the ‘burbs to a new downtown home, and a building boom has given rise to new state-of-the-art buildings for a slew of institutions including the National Constitution Center, the Please Touch Museum, and the Philadelphia Theatre Company.” Philadelphia has long been viewed as a budget-friendly destination. For $119 a night, you can stay at the Alexander Inn, a boutique hotel in the city.
5. Kansas City, Missouri
This city ranked fourth on Hotwire’s list of best travel deals for 2014, especially for its great discounts. Hotel prices have either stayed the same or dropped, and sightseeing continues to be cheap, Travel + Leisure says. The average summer rate for a Kansas City hotel is around $137. Several of its museums are free, and restaurants continue the budget-friendly trend by offering many cheap meal options.
6. Jersey Shore, New Jersey
According to the International Business Times, hotels, restaurants, and attractions are offering steep discounts in order to lure visitors back post-Superstorm Sandy. Businesses are continuing to recover from the estimated $11.7 billion in damages by offering savings of up to 45 percent.
7. Nashville, Tennessee
This city rounded out Hotwire’s top 10 list for its cheap entertainment. There are ton of great restaurants and bars, which offer free, live music. “At East Nashville’s Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden — where toppings include wasabi aioli, stroganoff béchamel, and “beer gravy” — the local-beef burgers start at $7,” says Travel + Leisure. There are plenty of free shows at various destinations, such as the Bluebird Cafe.
8. Tampa, Florida
Hotwire says this city has affordable prices for travelers. In fact, it has downtown hotels listed for as little as $69 per night. In addition, Groupon has a bunch of great deals on Tampa entertainment. Take advantage of 50 percent off a haunted history walking tour, 51 percent off event festivals, or 45 percent off helicopter tours.
9. Savannah, Georgia
“This southern town may have strolled into the affordable top 10 using its pedestrian-friendly charm. Voters appreciate the portable happy hours (thanks to open-container laws) and the rich history, which you can access with walking-tour apps such as Historic Savannah and Haunted Savannah ($2.99 each),” says Travel + Leisure. Hotels start around $47 a night, according to Hotwire.
10. San Antonio, Texas
Hotels start around $36 per night, according to Hotwire. In addition, it’s known for its great free attractions, “such as all five of the city’s historic missions, including the Alamo,” says Travel + Leisure. The city is also offering different tourist packages, which includes discounts on hotels, entertainment, and restaurants during your San Antonio stay. Packages include the Super Theme Park; Seaworld, Riverwalk, and Triple Downtown Attractions; Family Adventure; Seaworld Riverwalk Fun; Family Water Fun Packages; Triple Theme Parks; Family Resort Getaway Package; Hotel Deals; and Romantic Getaway.